On Tuesday April 5th, Eco team leader Betty de Groot and students from St John the Baptist School in Bolton participated in The Great Gulp! The school held an opening celebration of their newly installed Water Bottle Refilling Station, which they were able to acquire thanks to the Town of Caledon’s Green School Fund. The school has a long term goal of helping students and their families switch to using refillable bottles. To find out why this is so important, take a look at this you tube video:
For the first time, the Region of Peel is offering curbside pick up of used household batteries! Read more in this article from the Mississauga News
10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… HAPPY NEW YEAR!
With the beginning of the new year, it was time to sit down, reflect on my 2015 resolutions, and make plans for the year ahead. For the last several years, I have vowed to get healthy, read more, volunteer in my community, and learn a new language.
!! GET HEALTHY – Over the last couple of years, my family and I have done our best to eat healthy and get active. This resolution is always being adapted and will continue to top our list every year.
!! READ – In 2014, I joined a book club. I have been reading non-stop ever since.
!! VOLUNTEER – As for getting involved in the community, I joined ecoCaledon back in January 2015, combining my resolution to get involved with my passion for creating a sustainable future.
!! LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE – As for learning a new language, well, that resolution is still a work in progress.
On the heels of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris and the bold targets and commitments set forth, I thought it was time to add a few “green” resolutions to my list. While I am already quite passionate about conservation and reducing waste, I knew that there was more I could do to reduce my carbon footprint.
Being “green” does not mean a huge investment of time or money. There are a number of low and no cost ways to make a big difference to the environment.
Here are my top five “GREEN” resolutions for 2016:
1) EAT Meatless Meals and BUY Local – Trim meat consumption by cutting out meat just one day of the week. Meat production is a major contributor to climate change and livestock production is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization).
Where our food comes from is also a factor in climate change. The average meal travels over 1,200 kms from the farm to our plate (David Suzuki Foundation). Food that is grown closer to home will have fewer emissions, and will be fresher and more nutritious.
2) “TAKE Back the Tap” and KICK the Bottled Water Habit – It takes millions of barrels of oil to produce plastic water bottles each year. Even though they are recyclable, a large percentage of plastic water bottles get tossed into the trash or end up polluting our oceans (David Suzuki Foundation).
3) PACK a “waste-less” Lunch – Packing a “waste-less” lunch is one way to make a difference for our environment. Some simple tips include: using a reusable lunch bag and water bottle; reducing waste by purchasing in bulk and then placing food items in smaller reusable containers; and, placing unwanted food scraps and peels in the green bin. This may mean bringing scraps home if there is no access to a green bin at work or at school.
4) ELIMINATE Phantom Power – Some equipment use energy even when switched off. Cut expensive waste by unplugging phone, tablet, and laptop chargers when they are not in use.
5) Get CONNECTED to Nature – Spending time outside makes us healthier and happier. As residents of the Town of Caledon, we do not have to travel far to get connected to nature, we have access to a number of beautiful trails and outdoors spaces. Get connected!
Looking forward to making 2016 the GREENEST year yet!
Don’t forget to visit the Region of Peel website to remind yourself of what can and cannot be recycled. There is a lot of information on the website, this page is a good place to start.
The Region is always looking for ways to divert more waste from landfill and as new technologies or equipment become available, the range of materials that can be recycled is increased. It is a good idea to check back a couple of times a year to make sure you are up to date!
The garbage and recycling program in Caledon will be undergoing some changes in 2016. Before these changes are implemented, residents will be provided with new garbage, recycling and organics carts. Although the new service is nearly a year away, preparations are already underway, so if you wish to choose the size of your new garbage and recycling carts, you need to do so before March 31st 2015 (only one organics cart size is available). If you do not choose the sizes by this date, they will be selected for you. Visit peelregion.ca/carts to find out more and make your selection.
This past December the Town of Caledon hosted its first ‘Green Holiday Tree Challenge’ which involved challenging all Departments and Facilities to build their own tree based on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). To get the event started the Energy and Environment team built a Green Holiday Tree for Town Hall composed of recycled egg cartons and hung daily tips for how to ‘Green’ your holiday.
On December 19th the trees were showcased in the Atrium of Town Hall and with the help of Mayor Thompson, Judy Porter (Director of Human Resources) and Councillor Nick deBoer, Public Works Department was selected as the winner for their tree made of recycled bottles, pop cans and tin cups.
Stay tuned for more Green initiatives from Town Hall in 2015!
Some of the other entries are shown below: Office of the CAO, Corporate Services, POA Office, Mayfield Recreation Complex, Policy Planning.
Now that all those gifts are unwrapped, you may have some surplus older items around the house. If you cannot find someone else who could benefit from their use, you may find this list of links put together by the David Suzuki Foundation useful (see under “Canada”; also scroll down to “Ontario”).